Why Philadelphia Eagles should eye Matt Corral if Jalen Hurts struggles
By Hunter Doyle
The Philadelphia Eagles should keep tabs as he’ll be on NFL radars by April.
Looking at Corral’s resume, fans might not be that impressed. 2020 was a solid season in terms of production but Ole Miss still went 5-5. He still had two games where he threw five and six interceptions apiece. Here’s why fans should still be excited about his potential in 2021. While Corral had his ups and downs, he showed grit and determination. He got back up after those poor performances.
Two weeks after his six interception game against Arkansas, he threw six touchdowns and no interceptions against Vanderbilt. He followed that up with five touchdowns and no picks versus South Carolina.
Following his five-interception game versus LSU, he finished the season on a good note with an impressive performance and victory against Indiana in the Outback Bowl. Earlier in the season, he went 21-for-28 with 365 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-point effort against Nick Saban’s Alabama defense. He had a gusty four-touchdown outing in an overtime victory over Kentucky.
There is no guarantee that Corral will steer clear of dangerous throws in 2021 but we will find out soon enough. He is the type of quarterback who never quits. That type of winner mentality could lead to a breakout season in 2021. He possesses the arm, mobility, processing, mentality, and leadership. It just comes down to whether or not his footwork and decision-making will improve.
Keep an eye on Matt Corral. He is certainly the dark horse of the quarterbacks in next year’s draft class. If the Birds are in the market for a quarterback, Corral might work his way to the top of their list by the end of the year. For now, let’s hope Jalen Hurts is the answer. It’s hard not to root for him. It’s also hard not to root for Corral even if he doesn’t ever play for the Philadelphia Eagles.